Effectively Wild Episode 1300: Baseball Driver

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about minor-league pay, the surprising prospect past of Neil Walker, and the impending posting and pitching of NPB star Yusei Kikuchi. Then (13:43) they bring on Cubs Double-A outfielder Connor Myers to discuss his offseason job as a UPS driver, his baseball bonus and salary, making ends meet on a minor-league salary, mental skills, conditions with the Cubs, playing with Kris Bryant, being tracked by technology at both of his jobs, and more. Lastly (43:27), FanGraphs writer and author of The Cooperstown Casebook Jay Jaffe joins to preview Hall of Fame voting season, including newcomers (Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Andy Pettitte, Todd Helton), holdovers (Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Omar Vizquel, Gary Sheffield, Scott Rolen, Billy Wagner), the changing electorate, the new Cooperstown pitching baseline, and candidates from the Today’s Game ballot (Lee Smith, George Steinbrenner).

Audio intro: Jeff Buckley, "What Will You Say"
Audio interstitial 1: Elvis Costello & The Imposters, "The Delivery Man"
Audio interstitial 2: The Glands, "Possibilities"
Audio outro: The Black Angels, "Haunting at 1300 McKinley"

Link to story about phantom big leaguers
Link to Jeff’s Kikuchi post
Link to previous episode on minor-league pay
Link to Jay’s HoF preview post
Link to list of HoF-eligible hitters
Link to list of HoF-eligible pitchers
Link to Jay’s Today’s Game ballot intro post
Link to Ben on Halladay
Link to Ben on Smoltz vs. Mussina vs. Schilling
Link to Ben on support for Bonds and Clemens
Link to Mussina video
Link to EW Secret Santa sign-up

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